Prayer Pledge 2017: Day 19

Another of the blog posts shared last year was Patty Hubbard’s reflection on Ignatian spirituality.

One of Patty’s thoughts has stuck with me all year:

“So the answer? The power of gratitude. The power it has no matter the pain or suffering we encounter in this life. The power it has to ease the heavy crosses we carry. The power it has to bring about that peace Jesus spoke of that surpasses all understanding. Gratitude, thankfulness is spiritual dynamite. To thank God in all things, for all things is medicine the weary world needs to live life with purpose.”

Gratitude is such an integral part of building a healing prayer life. Thanking God for all the good in my life is an easy way to slip into prayer and recognize everything He has given to me.

Comment below with your thoughts:

What are you grateful for today?

or, simply answer:

Did you pray today?

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    January 19, 2017 at 3:56 am

    This was sweetness itself.

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    Stephanie McCutcheon
    January 19, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Thank Him for your crosses, too. Suffering has meaning and can have tremendous value, if offered up willingly. I learn something from every cross I’ve had to bear: patience, humility – but mostly that I’m not in control. I’m still learning to trust God in all things…

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    January 19, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I am thankful for: the health of my family, having a job that I love, the support of my community, the guidance of the Church, and knowing the mercy of God. All of these things are blessings that I try not to take for granted.

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    January 19, 2017 at 7:37 am

    I am thankful that my 15 month old slept through the night for the first time in a loooong time 🙂

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    January 19, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    The desire, capacity and opportunity to learn something new.

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    Ramona Greenspan
    January 19, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Today I fell on ice. I’m bruised but I thanked the lord that it wasn’t too bad. I’m learning to give gratitude even in tough times. I’ve got more to go but changes are happening.

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    Megan Cahill-Assenza
    January 19, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Every night when I pray, I begin thanking God for my day…days filled with life…the joys and the burdens. I always thank Him for any challenge that I face because I know God is helping me become stronger or He is showing me the way.

    I am really grateful for God… grateful for His mysterious way of how I was led to Him at the time of my life where I was stricken with immobilizing anxiety, uncertain God existed, and fearful of the story of the resurrection. Two and a half years ago, I did not know God, though, all this time, since the day I was born, I have learned that He has always known and loved me. I am thankful for the woman who introduced me to Christ. I would not be where I am today and would not know what I know today, if it was not for her. She served as a vessel for God as a way for me to get to know our Lord. I cannot imagine going back to living a life ruled by anxiety and loneliness. I cannot imagine going back to living a life without God, the faith, attending mass and receiving the Eucharist, and my community of friends in the Newman Club.

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